Pennsylvania

  • March 24, 2017

    Pa. Atty Accuses Rival Of Perjury In Frivolous Suit Trial

    A suburban Philadelphia attorney saddled with a nearly $2 million verdict in state court over frivolous litigation he was found to have pursued has accused a rival attorney who is seeking sanctions in the case of committing perjury.

  • March 24, 2017

    Pa. Judge Tosses Actiq Off-Label Marketing Suit

    A Pennsylvania state court judge on Thursday threw out a lawsuit claiming Cephalon’s off-label marketing of its opiate painkiller "lollipop" Actiq was responsible for a migraine sufferer’s death, finding a prescribing physician was not ignorant to the risks of the medication.

  • March 24, 2017

    Pa. Landowners’ Suit To Get Fracking Project OK’d Tossed

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Thursday dismissed a suit brought by landowners challenging the Delaware River Basin Commission’s jurisdiction over natural gas wells in the face of the governing body’s alleged de facto ban on the wells, deciding that the commission does have an oversight role and that individuals who want to extract natural gas must first seeks its permission.

  • March 23, 2017

    Feds Could Skirt McDonnell In Charges Against Philly DA

    Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams will likely rely on the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling favoring former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell in his defense against federal corruption charges, but experts say the indictment in the case appears precise enough for prosecutors to overcome the new hurdles to bribery convictions that the ruling put in place.

  • March 23, 2017

    Jurors Start Mulling Ex-PSU Boss's Child Endangerment Case

    A jury began deliberations Thursday over whether ex-Penn State University president Graham Spanier conspired to endanger children by agreeing not to tell child welfare authorities about a school employee’s claim that he saw now-convicted sex offender Jerry Sandusky showering with a young boy in a campus locker room.

  • March 23, 2017

    Insurer Must Face Ex-Employee's Gender Stereotyping Suit

     A Pennsylvania federal judge refused Thursday to free Hartford Fire Insurance Co. from a former employee’s suit alleging she suffered bias and harassment because of her appearance and perceived sexual orientation, holding that Title VII "prohibits gender stereotyping and discrimination."

  • March 23, 2017

    3rd Circ. Denies Sanctions to NJ Town Against Developer

    The Third Circuit on Thursday refused a New Jersey town’s bid to sanction a developer who transferred its case alleging the municipality sabotaged a land purchase to state court, finding there was no reason to disturb a lower court’s ruling in the matter.

  • March 23, 2017

    Feed Co. Must Face Ex-Workers’ Same-Sex Harassment Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Wednesday refused to dismiss an employment discrimination suit from a former pet food company employee that claimed her ex-boss’ wife, who was also an employee, sexually harassed her, saying the amended complaint sets forth plausible same-sex sexual harassment and gender discrimination claims.

  • March 23, 2017

    Utz Vendor Gets 3 Years For $1.4M False Invoice Scheme

    A Pennsylvania federal judge sentenced a businessman to three years in prison Thursday for conspiring with an Utz Quality Foods Inc. executive to bilk the snack company out of $1.4 million through a string of false invoices.

  • March 23, 2017

    Jury Hands Metal Recycler $16M Loss In Bankruptcy Dispute

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Thursday ordered shareholders of a bankrupt auto parts recycler to pay $16 million to a South African metals refiner, after a jury found the recycler should not have made certain distributions to the owners as the company approached insolvency.

  • March 23, 2017

    Investors Hit Meat Processing Co. Over Bribery Concealment

    Investors in Brazilian meat processing company JBS SA sued the company and its executives Wednesday in Pennsylvania federal court, alleging management concealed evidence of poor food quality and bribery of plant inspectors, leading to a stock drop.

  • March 23, 2017

    SEC Nets Insider Trading Settlement Over Merck Deal

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said Thursday it filed and settled claims against a Pennsylvania man who allegedly earned $60,000 by trading on a family member’s inside information about Merck & Co. Inc.’s 2014 acquisition of Idenix Pharmaceuticals Inc.

  • March 23, 2017

    Generics Face Antitrust Suit Over Antidepressant Prices

    Generic drug makers Sandoz, Mylan and Par Pharmaceuticals were slapped with an antitrust suit in Pennsylvania federal court on Wednesday, accusing them of colluding to increase the price for amitriptyline, an antidepressant.

  • March 23, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: Credit Suisse, Pret A Manger, Shell

    Credit Suisse may sell more than $3 billion worth of stock in its Swiss business, private equity-backed sandwich chain Pret A Manger is readying for a New York IPO, and Royal Dutch Shell is in discussions to sell its last remaining asset in California.

  • March 23, 2017

    Anapol Weiss Opposes Attys Bid For NFL Concussion Fees

    Anapol Schwartz Weiss Cohan Feldman & Smalley PC, one of the co-lead class counsel firms in the NFL concussion settlement, on Wednesday fought back against a Minnesota lawyer's contention that he was owed some of the $112.5 million fee requested from the football players' settlement for referring them clients, saying they never agreed to share these fees and that the lawyer did not do any work to benefit the entire class.

  • March 22, 2017

    Refiner Blasts Salvager's Bid To Bolt $200M Arbitral Row

    A South African metals refiner shot back Tuesday at an auto salvage company owner’s effort to get out of a Pennsylvania federal court lawsuit over an unpaid $200 million arbitration award, saying the case allegations of breach of fiduciary duty were well supported by evidence already reviewed by the court.

  • March 22, 2017

    Pa. Court Again Says Tax Sale's 'Mineral' Rights Include Gas

    Coming down almost exactly where it did in December, a Pennsylvania appeals court issued its second decision in a gas-rights case finding that a 1932 tax sale of subsurface mineral rights encompassed the sale of oil and gas rights, handing a win to exploration company Range Resources.

  • March 22, 2017

    Ex-PSU Admins Regret Not Reporting Sandusky, Jury Hears

    A pair of ex-Penn State University administrators testifying under newly inked plea agreements in the case against former school president Graham Spanier told jurors on Wednesday that they regretted their decision not to report a suspected child abuse incident involving Jerry Sandusky in 2001.

  • March 22, 2017

    Enviros Ask For Pa. Pipeline Project Stay During Appeal

    The Delaware Riverkeeper Network on Wednesday shot back at efforts by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and a Kinder Morgan Inc. unit to deny the environmental group’s bid to halt construction of the company’s Pennsylvania pipeline project until the appeals court weighs in, saying it would be irreparably harmed without such a stay.

  • March 22, 2017

    Smigel Anderson Must Face Property-Sale Suit, Court Says

    The New Jersey Appellate Division on Wednesday revived a suit against Smigel Anderson & Sacks LLP over claims that a partner's letter during a separate divorce action ultimately derailed a property sale, saying a trial court improperly tossed the case on jurisdictional and other grounds without examining the full extent of the Pennsylvania firm's work in New Jersey.

Expert Analysis

  • Trump's Skinny EPA Budget Could Have Far-Reaching Impacts

    Jim W. Rubin

    A review of President Donald Trump's recent budget proposal suggests that none of his goals for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would be well-served. In fact, the EPA, states, tribes and other federal agencies would all face serious issues in protecting human health and the environment, says James Rubin of Dorsey & Whitney LLP.

  • Google, NASA, Planes And A Stronger Legal Team

    Nicholas Cheolas

    Why did minor mechanical issues bring down two airplanes, while a catastrophic engine explosion did not bring down a third? The answers lie, in part, in research conducted by NASA in the wake of those crashes and, more recently, by Google. And those answers can help organizations build better teams to meet today’s legal industry challenges, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • 10 Tips For Better Legal Negotiations

    Marc J. Siegel

    Like everything else, the art of negotiation starts by having a conversation. It’s about being respectful, finding common ground, knowing what you want and, most importantly, listening. A conversation between two lawyers can be complicated at best, but by employing a few techniques and tactics, it doesn’t have to be that way, says Marc Siegel of Siegel & Dolan Ltd.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: Decision Error

    Gray Matters

    Lawyers make hundreds of decisions during the course of advising a client, consummating a transaction or litigating a case. In this new column, dispute resolution experts Bob Creo and Selina Shultz explore the theory, science and practical aspects of how decisions are made in the legal community.

  • Law Schools And Law Firms: Seeking Common Ground

    Randy Gordon

    What we don’t know is whether the teaching and practice of law are undergoing massive structural changes or we’re still digging out from the worst economic collapse since the Depression. But what we do know is that the missions of the most forward-looking law schools and law firms are converging in ways that were unimaginable 10 years ago, says Randy Gordon, a partner at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP and executive professor of law at Te... (continued)

  • Not From Around Here? Trying A Case As An Out-Of-Towner

    William Oxley

    The importance of authenticity is magnified when trying a case outside your home jurisdiction. While using references to local landmarks or history can help make arguments relatable, adopting local expressions or style in an attempt to ingratiate oneself with the judge and jury almost always backfires, say William Oxley and Meghan Rohling Kelly of Dechert LLP.

  • Where To Sue For Data Misappropriation

    Richard M. Reice

    Determining where a company’s data is stored for purposes of venue is a relatively new issue not resolved in current case law. Traditionally, courts have focused on the location of the relevant server. But in this age of the cloud, with multiple and redundant servers enhancing access and security, we argue that the place where data is managed and controlled is the proper venue, says Richard Reice of Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney LLP.

  • Rare Appellate Ruling On Indirect Purchaser Class Action

    Stefan M. Meisner

    The Third Circuit's recent ruling in Class 8 Transmission Indirect Purchaser Antitrust Litigation — agreeing with the district court’s denial of class certification — gives insights into the intricate legal and economic issues that indirect purchaser plaintiffs and defendants must grapple with when litigating the class certification issue, say Stefan Meisner and Ashley McMahon of McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

  • How The Most Profitable Law Firms Structure Their C-Suites

    Anita Turner

    The most successful Am Law 200 law firms have evolved from being partner-run to being run by a group of highly skilled professionals reporting to firm shareholders. The data collected from our recent survey indicates this model is generally conducive to increased profitability, says Anita Turner, senior director at Colliers International.

  • Settlement Strategy: What Does The Client Really Want?

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    The best outside counsel think like the client. That includes understanding the client’s perspectives and goals with regard to reaching a settlement — because “good results” mean different things for different clients. Outside counsel must ask themselves the right questions, and know the answers, to shape a client-focused settlement strategy, say Kate Jackson of Cummins Inc. and Patrick Reilly of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.